The school crossing guard is an invaluable, indispensable, and oftentimes unappreciated person. It’s a tough job. I wouldn’t want to do. Would you? Crossing guards are like the postman, doing their job despite rain, sleet and snow, or in the case of South Florida, in endless, blistering heat and sweltering humidity. Add to these conditions fending off late, distracted and irate drivers in two-ton motorized weapons automobiles, and you surely get the picture. As bicycle commuters, J-man and I have been eyewitnesses to drivers behaving badly–very badly.
Since J-man has been in school we’ve only had female crossing guards. Let me tell you a little somethin’ about these women. They are FEARLESS. They fend off impatient and occasionally irate drivers while wielding nothing more than a plastic stop sign, all for the sake of providing our kiddos safe passage. FEARLESS!
Please, as the school year comes to a close, don’t forget to thank these precious souls. They are deserving of your gratitude. And when the coming school year rolls around, get to know them. Spend a few seconds in conversation with them while waiting for the light to change. Let them know they matter. Let them know you appreciate them. After all, your kiddo has arrived safely at their destination because of them.